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Jose Dariel Abreu establishes residency in Haiti and files petition for MLB free agency

Sep 18, 2013, 10:37 PM EDT

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Jose Dariel Abreu defected from his native Cuba in early August with the intention of signing a big contract with a Major League Baseball team.

That whole process is now well underway.

According to Jesse Sanchez of, the powerful 26-year-old first base prospect has officially established residency in Haiti and has been cleared by the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control. Abreu has also petitioned MLB to grant him free agency and can begin negotiating with teams once that request is approved. There’s no reason to think it won’t be.

Abreu, a 6-foot-3, 250-pound slugger, batted .394/.542/.837 with 75 walks, 35 home runs, 71 runs scored and 99 RBI in 87 games for Cienfuegos, a Cuban Serie Nacional team, in 2011-2012. He hit .382/.535/.735 with 13 homers, 37 runs scored, 36 RBI and 37 walks in 42 games during a shortened 2012-2013 campaign.

He is thought to be seeking more than $50 million in guaranteed money. And he’ll probably get it.

  1. thebadguyswon - Sep 18, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    Welcome to the Red Sox, Jose.

  2. tfbuckfutter - Sep 18, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    Ah….one of the rare occasions where “establishes residency in Haiti” is positive thing.

  3. lmoneyfresh - Sep 19, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    I really hope the Rangers go after this guy to plug their hole at 1B. Mooreland has been a big disappointment and this roster needs some pop, especially if they let Cruz walk after this season. Do your thing JD.

  4. peddealer - Sep 19, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    Mr Abreu,

    Welcome to Texas and hitting 50 Hrs annually, chasing championships, and playing in an all caribbean infield if they go with Profar…


    come on rangers!!!”

  5. downhillrider - Sep 20, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    does anyone else think these loopholes of establishing residency in other countries should be closed? I think they should have to enter the draft, even if they really arent amateurs.

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